Statesboro Police detectives are investigating two armed robbery incidents occurring Tuesday. While no one was seriously injured in either incident, a gunshot was fired during a struggle at one location.
Around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, three residents were in a Statesboro Place Circle apartment when a white male knocked on the door, claiming he was delivering food, said Statesboro Police Major Scott Brunson.
“When the resident opened the door, another white male and three black males entered the apartment,” he said. “The residents then began fighting with the unknown subjects.”
The victims said two of the suspects had guns, and one gunman struck one of the victims on the head with the firearm during the robbery.
The victim suffered lacerations to his nose and mouth. During the struggle, “one of the firearms was discharged during the incident, causing no injuries,” he said.
After the fight, the suspects fled with a cell phone and an Apple i-Touch, he said.
A short time later, while Statesboro Det. Ben Purvis was investigating the first armed robbery, another occurred, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner.
Around 11:30 p.m., police responded to a Robin Hood Trail residence, where a victim said “two unknown black males approached him in the parking lot and demanded his belongings,” he said.
While the suspects did not show a weapon, “they led the victim to believe they did possess a weapon,” he said.
No one was injured during the robbery, but the offenders fled with a cell phone and an MP3 player. Purvis is investigating this incident as well, he said.
Anyone with any information regarding the robberies is encouraged to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911 or submit information online at www.tipsoft.com. Tips also can be left by texting a tip to “TIPSSPD plus your message” to 274637 (CRIMES). “All information is strictly confidential,” Turner said.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.